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. >> barack obama has been reelected. >> the agony of defeat. >> this election is over, but our principles in north. >> the year 2012 in review. >> the supreme court has upheld the requirement that every american by health insurance. >> the year of the cliffhanger. >> raising tax rates is unacceptable. >> natural disasters. >> like the apocalypse. >> and human tragedies. >> saying someone is shooting in the auditorium. >> political fumbles. >> 5 seconds before you interrupted me. >> and shoppers. >> the seriousness of having a cia director involved in an extramarital affair cannot be overplayed. >> all right, as we look back, let's begin with the top political story of the year -- the freight -- the reelection of barack obama. as "time" magazine plus a cover story states, barack obama will be the first democrat in more than 75 years to win a majority of the popular vote twice. mitt romney has to be asking himself, giving the magnitude of the president's problems and the great numbers of americans who believe the country was headed in the wrong direction, "how did i lose?" as the republican
congress in history? >> the public is implicated in this. 2008 the public elected president obama, democratic house, democratic senate. 2010, a large number of people in the public changed their minds they got angry at us over health care, which was misunderstood, angry at us because we inherited a section that we weren't able to defeat because of their obstruction. in 010 -- in most democracies that would be it. we have a constitution under which it's called the staggered powers, checks and balances, the last three elections are there. the problem is in 2008 you had one group of people elected, in 2010, another. there wasn't simply the people in 2010 were conservative. very substantial number of the people elected as republicans in 2010 do not believe in governance. they do not understand there are things we need for the quality of life we have to come together. this isn't bob dole. this isn't howard baker. this isn't ronald reagan. these are people that are quite extreme. what's happened is that many republican whose believe in compromise and trying work things out some defeated
. but i think it'll change eventually. >> so what did you make of all of the talk after obama's election in 2008 that we have moved into a post-race society? america has put racism and the structures of thought and the structures of power that arrive from that behind us? >> that was just, that was my favorite, favorite act of wishful thinking, you know? that was my favorite moment of collective wishful thinking. i mean, that's gibberish, you know? that's gibberish. the election of one person doesn't speak to larger issues, i think, the way that people would like it to. we have to address always not what happens to one individual, but what is happening to communities. the individual, hey, the individual you could get a woman elect her to this office. and the majority of women are not getting these kind of jobs. you can have a will smith who's, you know, headlining hollywood films and yet, african-american actors are utterly underemployed in every other area. and for me, i think that the focus on the individuals allows people to distort what's really, really happening. and listen, this is
millions on ads. in the end, voters helped re-elect president obama and elected former governor tim kane to the senate. number four, marylanders made history along with with maine and washington state. they approved marriage equality giving same sex couples the right to marry. gay couples in maryland can begin saying i do in january. number three, scandal in the districts. for the first time in the city's history, two sitting council members resigned and pleaded guilty to felonies. chairman brown resigned in the summer after lying on federal loan documents. ward five 's terry thomas resigned in january admitting to stealing $400,000 designated for city youth programs. plus, the on going investigation into d.c. mayor vincent gray's 2010 campaign. jean clark harris pleaded guilty to a $650,000 illegal shadow campaign to help elect gray. two other campaign workers pleaded guilty to a separate scheme to pay brown for his criticism of adrian fenti. number two, let's hear it for the home team. fr the first time since 1933, a d.c. baseball team made the playoffs. the washington nationals earned
line warning talks. >> barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. >> 20 children are dead. six adults are also dead. >> so our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims and in the word of scripture, heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. >>> here at abc2 we've been looking back, too and put together a less of the stories. go to the featured stories section on our home page. >> when it comes to renovations, bathrooms and kitchens are one of the most expensive. >>> and a state trooper helped deliver a newborn baby, his own. >>> we're taking a look at the smart apps. >> reporter: with 2012 nearing an and, we decided to take a look at the hottest apps. the first one is instagrams. you can share photos with your friends. it sold for a billion dollars to facebook and had only a handful of employees at the time. instagram is very popular but they're no stranger to controversy. in terms of service updates,
-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that -- >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> a combo team from the say what categories, richard murdouch of indiana and todd aiken. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that god swended to happen. >> dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwindled throughout the year but aiken and murdoch pretty much shut that door in a couple of sentences. plan to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers. >> people who have come here illegally won't be able to find work and over time those people would tend to leave the country or self deport. >> self deportation by undocumented workers was not by itself responsible for romney's dismal showing among hispanics, but certainly greased the skids. for which romney would have liked to have had aa mulligan, there was this. >> 47% of the people who w
entirely. an opportunity to nail president obama on benghazi and bring it home and win an election and he chose not to. he chose to play it safe. to me, that was the turning point. he got bad advice. somebody said you know what? don't do this. or he had knowledge of what was going on, because he was given the knowledge by the white house so he felt compelled to keep it secret. the other thing, too, his son said mitt didn't want to be president. that is tragic to me. it might have meant that mitt would have been a good president. >> juan: do you think it's true? >> greg: people who don't want to be president the end to be good president -- tend to be good presidents. >> andrea: washington turned down power of king. >> eric: i disagree. it's such a demanding job -- >> greg: but to say, conservatives by nature do not like government. natural inclination not to want to be in charge. >> eric: let me add something to the story. mitt romney blowing it in the last debate, candy crowley. second? second. misinformed, oh, yeah, president obama mentioned it. he wasn't prepared. >> he held back. >> er
to reform? >> i believe you stick with the principles you were elected. people make the comparison of obama's popularity versus the g.o.p. or congress's, that's not the way people vote, they vote for their congressman. their congressman and house sponsor is responsible for them. they were elected by margins bigger than obama's. they are going to hold on to those margins by voting their conscience and their constituents' desires. stuart: you think over the longer term some of the blame will start transferring to the president. what's long-term? >> as soon as we start feeling it in our pocketbooks. stuart: you will tomorrow morning. >> that's right. so, you know, people have been arguing it may not be the end of the world to go over the fiscal cliff. the end of the world is looming. the fiscal cliff is really just a road sign that's telling us we have this disaster coming down the pike. we keep on pushing it away. i'm a little bit glad for all this over the fiscal cliff, because we need to be afraid. we need to be afraid. it's all out of proportion. stuart: when do we run out of time? i accep
to the gentleman who said president obama won the election so he should get his way, but the republicans say, look, we won the house. i do want to see a deal done. and by the way, i don't want to see taxes go up, ali. you know that. i think it's bad for the economy -- >> but you also generally agree if there was going to be a deal, they're going to go up on some people. >> yeah. look, taxes are probably going to go up on the rich because president obama did -- you know, he went around the country saying if he was re-elected, that's what he would do. but, you know, as i told you many times, even if we don't get a deal here in the next 24 hours, this is not thelma and louise. this is a slope, not a cliff that's going to cause a crash in the economy. i do think it looks bad for the country. it's beneath us to go into this new year not knowing what the tax code is going to look like, what kind of spending cuts will go in. this is politics at its very lowest. >> let's talk about a week ago one of the things that you and i both thought shall i thought it was a bit cynical that john boehner would put for
run be as important as the re-election of barack obama. >> woodruff: how do you see this year? >> well, in the '80s and '90s there was a tendency to think that the president, voters who vote for president are center right and the republicans had an varntion '80s and '90s. in the wake of this election, you have to go back to 1988 to find a republican president who was elected by anything other than a squeaker, that probably tells something that i think the electorate, exactly as you are saying, maybe is beginning to shift. >> woodruff: but again, we've had moments in history when one party or another seemed to hit a bend in the road, when when popular opinion changed. michael, as you look at this year, i mean how much of it was the president, do you think? and how much maybe, and again i'm asking you to look way into the future, but how much could it be the kinds of things that richard was just describing? >> i think it is-- that's what a leader does. i mean he recognized the fact that the latino vote in this country is getting much, much bigger in a very important way. he brought out a
to be seen as buying the election. so in order for him to have gone toe-to-toe with obama at that point in time he would have had to use his own money and that wasn't even broached in the campaign. >> warner: one of the most fascinating things i saw here was you both said probably the biggest strategic blunder they made the romney people made was not to launch a really robust campaign to explain to him as a man. what explained that? >> there was a constant tension between the candidate's family and his staff in terms of how much to tell about romney the man. the staff wanted to make the election a referendum on president obama's handling of the economy and make it all about the incumbent. the family said well no we want to tell mitt's story the father, businessman governor. that tension was always there. we found out there was a documentary that was made about romney from the '08 campaign that the family liked and the staff killed. it still hasn't to this day ever been seen that showed more of mitt the man behind the scenes. >> warner: but that was because at least the strategists were
benghazi, the re-election of barack obama, the political conventions. most certainly i am not going to think about gangnam rap. no. i will define 2012 by things far more important than any of those things. the birth of my granddaughter and my grandson's first bigger events for me. if i am still around in 25 years , i promise i wonts be watching -- i won't be watching youtube videos of katy perry or reading vampire novels orie living my own -- or reliving my own moment on the stage in tampa. i hillary visit the day in the pumpkin patch with two infants who will only remember being there because we showed them photos that documented their visit. i will pull out photos of dogs that will have long since passed, but who will still put a smile on my face just at the hint of the loyal love they gave me. i am going to remember trips my wife and i took to see places we never dreamed we would be able to visit. now, if you detect something in all of that, it is probably that when i think of what i am still going to believe to be important about 2012 years from now, it is not politics or a pop
is obama is as progressive a figure who has the chance of being elected in america. friedrich engels will not be the secretary of labor and mark will not be the secretary of the treasury. >> he is the more effective evil because he is able, being a democrat, to accomplish more of that right-wing agenda, and republican ever could. george bush tried to privatize social security. he cut his worst domestic defeat of his term in so doing, and the republican were reeling from that, even in 2009. it took barack obama to introduce a model for austerity. >> 29,000 public school teachers and support staff have gone on strike after union leaders failed to reach an agreement with the nation's third largest school district over education reforms sought by chicago mayor rahm emanuel. >> we will walk the picket lines, we will talk to parents, clergy, we will demand a fair contract today. we demand a fair contract now. >> the protests in yemen and egypt on the tuesday night's storming of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other staff members were killed in
bitter campaign president obama won re-election in 2012. the president also won the supreme court's stamp of approval for his health care reform program. and made history with this statement. >> i think same sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 2012 comes to a close, the president joined in grief with a community shocked by senseless violence. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> brooke baldwin, cnn atlanta. >>> that's 2012 in just 60 minutes. what does 2013 hold? we'll find out together. i'm don lemon, thanks for watching. >>> okay, stand by, piers. >> things have got pretty wild with some of my guests, but nothing quite like this. what the hell's that? my studio has turned into a jungle. >> whoa, whoa! jack, am i going to die here? oh, my god, what's this? tonight, the one and only jack hanna and a few of his closest friends. >> he deficates on his legs to keep him cool. >> you know what, too much information. >> if he bites you, it won't hurt bad. this is the only animal in the world to carry leprosy. i'm not joking. >> now you tell me
to freeze. >> barack obama has been re-elected president of the united states, declared the winner just after 11:00 eastern last night. winning pretty much all of the key battle ground states, including ohio. breaking developments in the scandal that's already claimed the career of former cia director david petraeus. >> hundreds turned out to remember the 20 children and 6 adults killed in last friday's elementary school massacre. in a very emotional address, the president said simply the country has had enough of this kind of bloodshed. >> charlotte, daniel, olivia, josephine. let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> incredible year. >> the president revealed earlier yesterday that that day of newtown, connecticut, december 14, that was the worst day of his presidency. the toughest day. >> i don't think anybody would argue with that. and on a lighter note, i think i counted 32 different hairstyles. >> 35. what do you prefer, long or short? >> i'm not going to answer that. about the ones we love. g new lysol power & free has more cleaning powe
elected. only 15 of them from congressional districts obama won. in 2014, 14 senators will be -- will go up for re-election. 13 of them will stay and -- 12 of them in states obama did not win and like we have 2 different parallel sort of universes trying to talk to each other and republicans don't really need and are not incented to work with obama because they're coming from constituency that is don't like him, won't vote for him. why not fight against him because that's good for them? >> well, i tell you what. guys like john boehner see that and they see a trend where their base shrinks and gets smaller and smaller and smaller. eventually they will be the minority party. they don't want that to happen. they can look at the polls and where it says most of the country favors raising taxes on the rich and the positions that obama was pushing during the campaign, otherwise he wouldn't have won. they know it's a problem and don't want to be relegated to the party of white guys in the south. >> that's a national issue. >> correct. >> that's not a local issue, primary issue as you go home as
's tone. speaker boehner responded by saying this. americans elected president obama to lead, not to cast blame. the president's comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party. the president, of course, saying he has offered concessions. he's offered over $1 trillion in additional spending cuts. what am i missing here? because it seems like he's up against a wall. >> yeah, some of those cuts, though, are kind of already were on the table. there were cuts, for example, in defense spending, you know, because we're not at war anymore. we're not necessarily -- you know, those trillion dollars are a little bit suspect for a lot of republicans. and i think ultimately the president is sitting there very, i think, disingenuously, you know, touting what he was able to do when he left on the table, quite frankly, mika, the one thing that could have been the real solution, the real framework to avoid all this, which was simpson-bowles. i'd still get back to that reality that this presi
ago because of the political psyche of the elected officials. >> so many people thought, nowth that president obama was reelected, that we still wouldn't receive the same sort of gridlock in congress. >> it won't happen, it won't be different until incumbents are beaten just for being an incumbent, and that didn't happen. even the approval rating is 9 o 10%.%. >> let me ask you about this.th we haven't finished this deal yet, and as we wait for the clock to tick down here and hopefully get this deal accomplished, we're going to have to deal with a debt ceilinb in a few more weeks.ee how frustrating is this? >> you took the words away from me, because that's what i was going to bring up. brlast time, the credit rating f the united states for the first time was dropped, and remember the president said we talked about this a few sundays ago, said i'm not going to play thato game again.inn. he wanted a permanent doing away with that, then he settled, and said i'll do two years, now it's off the table, so that's what republicans are using asus leverage to get what they want, and you
. it was when barack obama got elected that the republicans followed mitch mcconnell's declaration that defeating the president was his number one agenda item. deadlock came in when the american people decided, as they have obviously every right to do, that they didn't like the people they voted for in 2008, and we're going to vote for diametrically opposed people in 2010. but if you look before that happened, before 2011, you've got a pretty functional system. the problem is not structural. it's who the people are. i do believe that as a result of the 2012 election, some of those who were elected who really don't believe in governance, are losing their ability to screw things up. >> mr. congressman, i know we'll have you back again. but it will be as a participant in the private sector debate. congratulations on everything. happy new year. >> thank you. >> congressman barney frank from washington. >> possibly as an author. his plans are to write a book. that should be interesting. let's check in with rick santelli in chicago. morning, rick. >> good morning, melissa lee. the treasu
was going to go, because i think that in the wake of the election there were, i mean, first of all, the catholic church has been divided in its attitude toward president obama. the catholic vote split almost down the middle, very slight lead for obama largely because of his overwhelming strength among latino catholics. i think what you have among the bishops now is a sentiment that says, "can we possibly work this out? we don't want to be in a state of war with the obama administration for four years." and i think within the obama administration you have quite a number of people who want to make sure they provide contraception coverage but don't want to be in a state of war with the church, and so i think there are going to be some real efforts to try to reach a compromise that both sides can live with, and i think that's also imperative because you're actually going to see the catholic church, along with a lot of evangelicals, working with the administration on immigration reform. i think that one of the most powerful parts of the coalition in favor of immigration reform are the c
coast. ocean city was the hardest hit in our area. the 2012 election is one for the history books. president barack obama won a second term as president, and here in maryland, an historic day for same sex marriage. starting january 1, those couples can legally wedd. we go into 2013 much as we started 2012, hoping for a super bowl. >> the world did not end on december 21, so it looks like we all better get ready for a busy 2013. >> there is a lot going on tonight in the baltimore area as we get ready to ring in the new year. >> the region's largest fireworks display will kick off with the annual new year's eve spectacular. folks are starting to gather at the inner harbor for all the activities. captain roy taylor is over the area right now. what you folks need to know before they try to get richer ibefore they try to head downtown? >> it is starting to build and is building rapidly. a lot of the cars coming in here appear to be headed to local restaurants. the have not begun to bring in the barges yet for were the fireworks will be set up, but there is a steady flow of traffic work
at -- among democrats, especially, further to the left, since the election, their feeling has been, president obama won, we will not take this out of seniors, we will not take it out of medicare, we will not take it out of social security. no cuts, and those things and that position has hardened, i think on the left in the past couple of mo couple of months. >> chris: you are a believer, kirsten, that obama won and, gets the tax rate increases. on the other hand, you do have another deadline coming in about two months, according to timothy geithner and that is the increase in the debt ceiling and at that point, it would seem to me the republicans hold most of the leverage, because they can at least threaten to send the country into default unless there are serious and main spending cuts. at that point does this obama victory perhaps look a little different? >> well, i mean, i think the question is, are they really going to want to do what they did last time with the debt ceiling, which ultimately caused us to have a downgrade of our economy. do they want to do that again? i think it is a bit
on nbc's meet the press president obama said the endless wrangling was not the democrat's fault. >> we have been talking to the republicans ever since the election was over. they have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers. >> at midday democrats suddenly declared that one element of the republican offer was a deal breaker. a proposal to change the way social security benefits are calculated that would lead to smaller checks for many. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage. that just doesn't seem appropriate. >> so republicans quickly dropped that proposal and insisted the two sides were closer than they seemed. >> so hopefully the discussions between the vice president and senator mcconnell will get us back on track. >> reporter: this evening leader reid announced there would be no vote tonight and that the senate would reconvene tomorrow morning. at this point both the house and the sflat would feed to vote on a plan tomorrow to give the president something to sign before the deadline. nancy cordes, cbs news on capitol hill. >> jeff: the pres
that obama had from the beginning and rarely got-- >> you're wrong, the election wasn't fought on the economy. >> no, it wasn't. >> a lot of people wants to know what happens with the heated debates off camera and we do. the answer is yes. we have taken heated debates through the commercial debates and into the next block and as we walk out the door back to our offices. >> i've got bruises on my le legs. >> you seem to like it. >> and tomorrow night on "the five" a special evening as we countdown to 2013, don't miss our new year's eve special at 5 p.m. and on again at 1 p.m. eastern and again, the fox news channel's all american new year's eve special kicks off with megyn kelly and bill hemmer and i got roped in as well. we'll be reporting live, pray for us, from times square. coming up, president obama made a rare appearance on a sunday talk show this morning and answered questions on his second term, benghazi and his plans to regulate guns. you're going to hear from the president when we come back, stay with us. >> it's unusual. ♪ [ cheeping ] [ male announcer ] you hear that? that's the
to say michelle obama. not only because her husband won, because she doesn't have to campaign again which she hates, but because she sailed through the election. and, now, she can do the biggest stuff about obesity, the biggest public health challenge in this country, frankly, the whole western world faces. frankly, she can do what she wants. >> i going to go with claire mccask erksz lrksz l. not only because she won her race, but because she became the face of what republicans were doing. the craziness of their believes which we saw in erm thes of women's rights. >> jonathan? >> i would say that the 47% were the winners of this election because they told mitt romney and the republican party to stuff it. they got off of their lazy, unprincipled, immoraled behinds and got up there and vote ds for president obama. >> i got to go with the obvious one. president obama. his policy has been vindicated, his approval rating is rising. he's likely to oversee a recovery. he really, truly, was the big winner this year. >> i would go with jonathan with the 47% or even more of 99% because i think that
're not getting anything done. we elected, we reelected president obama because he wanted him to go on a path forward but it's not happening. you, and i think if the markets crash, it will scare a lot of people and i think and taxes will go up. i think they will point at both sides. a big problem for both parties. jon: alexis, harry truman had the famous buck stops here sign on his desk. should president obama get that out of the smithsonian or wherever it resides and take responsibility himself? >> i think the president has been showing a lot of leadership around this. i think that with the american people are going to do, if they are going to look at this in a much larger context. since the president has been in office the house republicans in particular, have been trying to hang the economy and budget deficit and around the president's neck. instead of trying to lead and figure out how to grow the economy and build a better opportunity for all americans. and so i think it is not just about the buck stopping with the president. i think president is doing all he can to really push, push the
a republican congress and he was quite terrible. it was basically his way or the highway. with obama, he has had an attitude of i would just stand back and let the democratic congress do their will. we have this republican congress now, since the 2010 election, he has not done much to reach out or work with them. dagen: is that kind of attitude, how will that get in the way of getting anything done, particularly today? >> well, yeah, obviously, if people are trying to vote on a deal that includes a tax increase, they should just keep the rates down for people in the rest of the brackets and let obama have his, you know, you do not have to vote for a tax increase. it happens with or without you. you do not have to vote for a tax increase in that way. obama has something to worry about here, by the way. the republicans could even lose the next election because of this. he will have to live with this in the history books. dagen: reelection or legacy? great to speak with you, david. happy new year. tom kloza is coming up next. we had record gas prices this year. the average price we paid this ye
in the white house after the november 2010 election when the republicans in the tea party really knocked barack obama for a loop and took control of the house, and then everything that happened after that. the tax cut deal, the big fights over the budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, also the bin laden raid and what happened in egypt and libya. and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and took, and why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically, but also explain how this is all done in a way to set up the 2012 campaign that we just went through. he had a theoryf
in a primary than a general election. you need more contests where people have to come to the middle. i'll be around. >> you sure will. thank you as always. >>> president obama says he'll put his full weight behind a law to prevent gun violence. listen to what he said this morning on "meet the press." >> it is not enough to say this is too hard so we're not going to try. i intend to meet with republicans, meet with democrats, i will take to anybody. i think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize you can't have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high capacity weapons that he -- this individual in newtown obtained, and gun down our kids. >> the president says he will put forward a very specific proposal and would like to get through congress in the first year of his new term. >>> the senate has approved a $60.4 billion recovery package for areas affected by superstorm sandy. the bill faces an uncertainty future in the house. >> reporter: there are a couple of reasons why the $60.4 billion aid leg
that will get through the house . the house was elected to protect the united states of additional obama care spipe types of spending . from the perspective it is it a char aid. he wants to raise tax for people with over $200,000 . patti murray tipped the president's hand when she said it is okay to go off the fiscal cliff . we get credit when we cut taxing back to the level they were before the cliff . it is it a political issue for them to attain their goalings. >> dave: some suggest that the president will be okay to go off the fiscal cliff . the president doesn't want sequestitration to go in into affect. hope they work it out. thank you for joining us from dc. coming up. unbelievably video of a plane crashed on a busy highway . we now know what likely caused the deadly crash . go ahead and down that champagne in the new year's bash. but what you can do today to make sure you don't have a hang over tomorrow. may attention. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, the pitch! whoa! so why are you doing his? only yr doctor can determine if
. since the president's re-election, he and republicans have traded offers and counteroffers, finding little common ground on tax increases and cuts from entitlements. president obama and speaker boehner met one on one. nothing happened. the speaker offered plan "b," never got enough support within his own party. here we are all over again. do we have tom coburn? joining us now from capitol hill, republican senator from oklahoma, senator tom coburn. senator, thanks for being with us. >> you're welcome. >> so, why, first of all, does this deadline tonight matter? and i heard you make comments yesterday out on the streets of washington to a reporter that you think we're going to go over the cliff? >> i do. >> okay. >> i do. let me take issue with a couple of things you said. >> okay. >> number one is we haven't cut the first penny yet from the federal government, and it's important people know that. what happened in that agreement is $1 trillion in increased expenditures didn't happen. >> okay. >> all right? and now that we're down to the hard work of actually trimming some of the waste
the election. they have no strategy. you don't know what they want. they haven't decided what they want. if i default president obama, i would say sometimes he governs like a visitor from a superior civilization. he comes in here and he'll talk with boehner. he won't talk with the other republicans. he hasn't built the trust. boehner actually made a pretty serious concession, $800 billion in tax revenues. probably willing to go up on rates. but the trust wasn't there to get that done. and if the president wants to get stuff done over the next four years, it's got to be a lot more than making the intellectual concessions. it's got to get to the place where republicans say okay, we'll take a risk. this guy won't screw us. they do not feel that right now. >> chuck, just your reading of the immediate news that's going to be made over the course of today and tomorrow, again, what i think is significant, the president saying we either get this deal now or we'll go over the cliff, we'll come back right after the 1st of the year and try to get the tax cut through again. but the republicans are going
the election. they have no strategy. they don't know what they want, and they haven't decided what they want. but if i had to fault president obama, i would say sometimes he has governed like a visitor from a morally superior civilization. he comes in here, and he will not -- he'll talk with boehner. he won't talk with the other republicans. he hasn't built their trust. boehner actually made a pretty serious concession, $800 billion in tax revenues. probably willing to go up on rates. but the trust wasn't there to get that done. if the president wants to get stuff done over the next four years, it's got to be a lot more than making the intellectual concessions. it's got to get to the place where republicans say, ok, we'll take a risk. this guy won't screw us. they don't feel that right now. >> chuck, just your reading of the immediate news that's going to be made over the course of today and tomorrow, again, what i think is significant, the president is saying we either get this deal now, or we'll go over the cliff. we'll come back right after the first of the year and try to get the tax cut
the invisible obama. we have that chair there. that was a funny account. that was opened just within that same night. there's also this photo that was tweeted out by the president on election night. you remember. it became the most retweeted photo of all time. >> that's right. you know, i think what's interesting to look forward to -- or maybe not look forward to -- is we saw so many events in the 2012 cycle that were the most retweeted or the highest volume. that's because the reality is that because all we talk about nowadays is twitter. twitter is relatively new, and people are joining on-line en masse every single day. all the records we saw this year in 2012, that photo being top among them, i imagine they will all be eclipsed in 2016 as more and more people come on board. >> we have 2014 ahead of us as well. what do you make of that? what might we see when it comes to social media? >> i think it all really goes to show that nothing can go escaped, and you can't make any errors. maybe there was a day before the internet in which perhaps maybe a reporter didn't catch something or maybe som
obama is now the only politician in america -- or at least the only prominent politician in america involved in these negotiations. that doesn't ever have to worry about being re-elected. this is two terms, and he is done. how different are they from democrats in the house and senate who still retain a majority? do you see -- you obviously wrote an outstanding book about bill clinton and how he used the democratic congress to sort of position himself in the middle and them on the left. do we expect something like that, obama, the deal maker, obama the praying mattist, to use democrats in the congress in that way, or not? >> i don't see their incentives as being that much different. i do think that president obama, the leader of the democratic party, really has the leverage. i don't -- i expect that if there is a deal, that democrats don't like, you'll hear grumbling from the democrats, but i would be very surprised if you hear outright revolt. what democrats in congress want is more money. that's what president obama is facing. a full second term of under very constrained circumstan
to go to the republicans. they've had a brain freeze since the election. they have no strategy. they don't know what they want, and they haven't decided what they want. but if i had to fault president obama, i would say sometimes he has governed like a visitor from a morally superior civilization. he comes in here, and he will not -- he'll talk with boehner. he won't talk with the other republicans. he hasn't built their trust. boehner actually made a pretty serious concession, $800 billion in tax revenues. probably willing to go up on rates. but the trust wasn't there to get that done. if the president wants to get stuff done over the next four years, it's got to be a lot more than making the intellectual concessions. it's got to get to the place where republicans say, ok, we'll take a risk. this guy won't screw us. they don't feel that right now. >> chuck, just your reading of the immediate news that's going to be made over the course of today and tomorrow, again, what i think is significant, the president is saying we either get this deal now, or we'll go over the cliff. we'll come ba
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